Ga. House panel approves amended budget

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ATLANTA — The House is funneling additional money to hospitals that serve large numbers of indigent patients.

The $18.1 billion budget that cleared the House Appropriations Committee today moved $14 million to so-called disproportionate share hospitals, many of them in rural areas around the state.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England said the money will help some 30 cash-strapped hospitals. A large chunk of the money was taken from the One Georgia Authority, which provides economic development help to rural parts of the state.

The amended budget approved Wednesday covers the fiscal year that ends June 30. It's expected to face a vote by the full House on Thursday and must then be adopted by the state Senate.

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